Arkema Joins Clean Water Project Initiated by One Foundation to Boost Students’ Drinking Water Safety
On November 12th 2020, Arkema announced that it has officially joined One Foundation’s Clean Water Project 2020 charitable initiative, which aims to improve the drinking water environment of schools in need in rural areas of Yunnan Province, and enhance students’ drinking water hygiene and health awareness. The project aligns with Arkema Group’s sustainable development strategy and CSR policy, and is another major step towards deepening Arkema’s CSR in China based on local conditions.
The opening ceremony was held at Baishiyan Primary School, Zhicun Town, Mengzi City, Honghe Hani and Yi Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan Province, and was attended by Mr. Fuzhou Li, Deputy Director of Education Bureau in Mengzi City, Miss Wei Yang, Supervisor of Student Financial Asistance Center in Education Bureau in Mengzi City, Xuelian BAI, Deputy Mayor of Zhicun Town Government, Mr. Baoshu Yang, Principle of Central Primary School in Zhicun Town, Mr. Jiankun Liu, Principle of Baishiyan Primary School, Mr. Mingtao Wei, Project Director of One Foundation, Mr. Xavier Durand-Delacre, Senior Vice President of Arkema Asia Pacific and President of Arkema Greater China, Dr. Morgan Chen Ma, General Manager of Arkema-ArrMaz China.
Arkema and its subsidiary, the specialty surfactants leader, Arkema-ArrMaz, planned to donate approximately CNY 400,000 (USD 58,000), joining One Foundation to support the gradual implementation of the Clean Water Project in 10 primary schools of Yunnan Province. The project is expected to be completed in 2021 and will install a water purifier for each school, equip students with safety water bottles, and carry out water and hygiene trainings. After strict water quality inspections of all equipment, schools will also carry out follow-up management and maintenance to ensure that the equipment can provide students clean and safe drinking water for a long time. Once the project is completed, approximately 4000 students will benefit from it every year.
In addition to providing water purifiers to the target schools and safety water bottles for students, representatives from Arkema and Arkema-ArrMaz China visited Heilachong Primary School, Yanfengwo Primary School, Yangliujing Primary School and Mobie Primary School, to get a status update on the water purifier installation situation and the related supplementary education needs of each school. Arkema-ArrMaz also donated 2 ton of hydrogen peroxide products to 6 schools for local anti- pandemic disinfection.
Arkema Green Innovation Class CSR
This initiative is also consistent with Arkema’s CSR “Better Life, Better Future” brand and its Arkema Green Innovation Class CSR project, which helps young students to broaden their horizons and acquire knowledge from different sources, stimulating their creative abilities and boosting their comprehensive development.
Drinking clean water and developing good hand-washing habits are important to ensuring healthy growth in children, especially now during the COVID-19 pandemic. With this in mind, on the day of the opening ceremony, employees from Arkema China, Arkema-ArrMaz carried out a series of volunteer activities. At Baishiyan Primary School, volunteers tutored students on using water purifiers, and explaining the importance of drinking water safety to help them develop good habits of using water safely and drinking water to maintain good health. In addition, the volunteers carried out outdoor interactive activities related to health. The students warmly welcomed and enthusiastically participated in these activities.